Originally Posted by Audiowood
You are right, the clear audio+ cannot reduce bass, in fact it enhance it quite substantially and one cannot adjust the bass in the EQ when CA+ is on as it automatically grey out the "sound setting option" The only way is to use 3rd party apps with CA+ on and adjust bass level down, but then the vocal range suffer very badly - so that's really not a good alternative.
Also I tried to played around with the EQ to get to the same level as Clear audio + without actually turning on Clear audio+ , it works for most part with reduce bass but I just can't get the same sound stage with EQ as clear audio +. There is an option call the "surround sound" but I didn't like what I heard with any of them (Studio, Club, Conert hall etcc..) with the EQ.
The last option is to use poweramp EQ (and turn off all Sony EQ). In Power amp EQ, I can turn down the bass via EQ (more band than stock to play with) and then adjust the sound stage via Stereo X dial and the SRS/D effects. That sq is pretty close to clear audio+ , not exactly the same but this is the closet I can get.
Would you consider using a diff headphone with a lesser bass effect? What Headphones do you intend to use, maybe we can help here to get the same sound quality as your current headphone but with a lesser bass
Ahhh... OK that makes sense, looks like we've been talking at cross purposes.
I've no experience with CA+, so assumed that the bottom slider in the middle picture (labelled Clear Bass) was the same thing:
Probably should have referred to this pic earlier.
I have absolutely no desire to use DSP FX; was just looking around for a solution to EQ-ing bass. It looks like poweramp is the way forward. I'd just hate to be forking out 500 quid for a player to then not get the absolute best SQ out of it, hence my worry when users reported poor experiences with third party apps. Still, I've learnt from head-fi to take strangers' opinions with a pinch of salt so I should see/hear for myself. No offence, like.
My main headset is a pair of Frogbeats C4, which, much to my annoyance, are very much not neutral, not flat and not monitor-worthy. Still, they're the best (C)IEMs I own, given proper treatment... In my case at the mo', it's using Cowon players with -3dB ish dip at 100-200Hz range and +2dB ish bump at 3-5kHz range.
I will be getting my (second pair, why do those flipping filters always break) CK10s reshelled at some point so that'll hopefully give me something better to work with. The CK10s have such a wonderful quality if you like your monitor sound - this being my taste, I rarely if ever bump up bass, more often than not I lower it.
My HD25s always require a -1/-2dB pad in the 80Hz area (and possibly more EQ, I can't remember OTTOMH (off the top of my head, I wanna make that an internet fing))